General FAQs for Online School
What grades are offered by the South Carolina Virtual Charter School?
SCVCS offers grades K–12.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, history, music, and art are the core courses. A full academic program for grades 9–12 is also offered by SCVCS. Visit our K-8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. Common household items such as printer paper and ink and paper are not provided.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, we are a public school, so students can earn a South Carolina High School Diploma based on successful completion and mastery of course content.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The online K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.
Can you meet the needs of my academically gifted child?
Yes. We use the engaging, challenging K12 curriculum, which ideally serves the needs of academically gifted students. Visit our gifted and talented student section.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.
What does it cost to attend the South Carolina Virtual Charter School?
Since SCVCS is a public charter school, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
A computer and high-speed internet are required to attend SCVCS.
For more details about computer requirements click here.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your child's needs.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, clubs, student government, dances, and even graduation ceremonies. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can dis-enroll your child at any time.